Thursday, December 01, 2005

Chandelles, Lazy 8s, & Eights on Pylons

Roy is studying for his commercial rating, and needed to practice chandelles, lazy 8s, and eights on pylons in a single engine, as these are not required maneuvers in a twin. He rented a Cessna 150 on Wednesday, and was kind enough to invite me along. Everything was going well until we got to the end of the taxi way for the engine run-up. While checking the magnetos, one of them was not affecting RPM at all. We radioed back to the FBO, and they suggested coming back in to have it checked out. It turned out that one of the magnetos was remaining "hot" at all times, as you could not cut the engine by switching to the off positon. That flight was grounded until it could be fixed. Since we were already at the airport - Roy invited me along with him for a short flight in the Twin - and off we went!

Roy called me again this morning, and said that there was a loose wire causing an improper grounding of the magneto, and it had been fixed. So, off I went to meet him at the airport. The 150 is certainly a different animal from the Twin Comanche. At one point, Roy wanted to see if the stall horn was working (which we eventually found it to not be so) and we were climbing at a grand total speed of 38 MPH - then the left wing dropped. For a moment there, it almost felt like we were in a helicopter! He did his practice maneuvers around a few water towers over the big city of Hodges and then headed back to the airport for a few touch-and-gos. It was great fun for sure!


Mikesup said...

Hey, Owen...sounds like you had a great time. Lazy Eights are to me a pointless manuever, but hey, they sure are fun. The only purpose I ever found was to demonstrate that you had coordination of the aircraft (keeping that ball in seems to be an afterthought for most pilots). Chandelles are great fun too, although my favorite (non required) maneuver is the Wingover. Got to love flying inverted, even if slightly and momentarily.
You mentioned the stall horn didn't work. Was this verified on the ground? I've stalled the heck out of Cessna's and that stall horn system of theirs is cranky and works in flight only in certain situations. If he kept the ball in perfectly it works great, but a little slip in the set-up screws up the airflow and you can stall and never hear a horn. Piper's are better as they have the tab actuator on the leading edge that reacts better to a stall.

Owen Hewitt said...

Hi Mike,

Once we got back onto the ground, I blew into the horn, and it seemed to work fine. I suppose there was a slight slip going on due to a slight crosswind component, therefore airflow wasn't going directly into the horn. Yeah, I like the tabs on Pipers - they always work!